Ep7: Dean Rosenberg (Venture SD) Started 3 companies, which one exited? Co.X (VC $32M), Co.Y (Angel $4M), or Co.Z (Self-Funded $0.25M)?

Decades before Dean’s venture was acquired by a public company in 2014,  he was a scrappy 2nd yr comp sci major at UCSD. He saw a posting on the job board, asking for students with experience. He applied, saying that he was a programming  expert, would take the job at a fixed price, and would not take any payment until he delivered the code.  After signing that first contract, he went and bought a book to learn how to be an expert for that project!!

Dean Rosenberg is CEO of Venture San Diego and on the Board of Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. Previously, Dean was the founder/CEO of AIRSIS, Inc. whose core offering is PortVision, a global ship tracking service with over 2,000 users including federal and state agencies and every major oil company. AIRSIS was acquired in 2014 by Oceaneering International, that’s OII on the NYSE. As CEO of AIRSIS, Dean also raised $2M, over two rounds of funding, led by TCA.


Ep6: Brittany Meiling (San Diego Business Journal) Millennial Reporter Gets Real or “How to be Ready When the Press Calls”

Are you like a deer in headlights when talking to reporters? Well this week on Startup Talk, we turn the tables on the Press. Brittany Meiling of the San Diego business journal gets real, telling us her perspective on the SD startup and biotech scene and gives advice on how best to talk with the Media.

Brittany Meiling is a journalist with the San Diego Business journal and focuses on the start up community, both high tech and bio tech, in San Diego. She has been covering startups here in San Diego since 2014.

Ep5: Tim Rout (Dyno Ventures) From Successful Entrepreneur to Angel Investor

Sound familiar? Successful serial telecom entrepreneur with an exit becomes angel investor and mentor? More of these please!

Tim Rout is the CEO and Founder of Dyno Ventures, which is dedicated to using innovative wireless technologies to bring affordable Internet to the world’s underserved rural areas. He is also on the Board of Directors of Tech Coast Angels – San Diego and Chair of the HiTech Screening Committee. Previously, Tim founded Endeka Group, a telecommunications firm that he sold to Boingo Wireless in 2013. However, Tim Rout is best known for organizing San Diego’s Startup Founders Social Club, which is a drinking club, really. All tech startup founders are invited to both attend and organize happy hours.

Ep4: Susie Harborth (BioLabs) Three-peater! 3x Life Sciences Co-Founder, 3x Exits, the last one for $110 million

So honored that this life sciences three-peater is now located in San Diego and nurturing the next generation of LS entrepreneurs at BioLabs San Diego. BioLabs has been officially open for 5 months and is now home to 20+ early stage life science companies, they have 2 graduating companies and their members are closing on funding, been awarded grants, and hitting serious milestones! Apply Today to be part of this amazing community of bioinnovators! www.biolabs.io/apply

Susie Harborth is Managing Director and Co-Founder of BioLabs San Diego and General Partner of BioInnovation Capital, an early-stage venture firm. From 2010-2014, Susie was CFO at GnuBIO, a sequencing start-up, which was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2014. She is a recipient of the Biocom Catalyst Award; nominated for the Athena Pinnacle Award in Life Sciences; and has been named a “Woman to Watch” by the Boston Business Journal.